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Commemorating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: Some Accessible Material

As we head into this weekend and the Monday holiday commemorating the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honoring his legacy, you may want to review some of the accessible materials documenting his life and work. For children, for example, the National Braille Press has a number of books documenting Dr. King’s life and work, such as, in print and braille, Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down for ages 6 through 10, and A Lesson for Martin Luther King, Jr., a nonfiction publication based on Dr. King’s childhood. The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled of the Library of Congress (NLS) also has a multitude of materials for readers of all ages in braille, print, digital, and audio formats. In addition to books, their catalog contains such offerings as a transcript in print and braille of the historic “I Have a Dream” speech and readings of other noteworthy addresses like “The Birth of a New Nation” and his final presentation, “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” two of a collection of 11 speeches included in A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. For more information about these historic resources, visit the NLS page covering Key Documents in American History.